Republican lawmakers in Arizona are calling for an investigation into a high school that demanded students remove “Make America Great Again” attire that they were wearing during a spirit week event.
A letter signed by 26 Republican lawmakers was sent to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office to request a full investigation into the incident.
“Given that the free speech of all U.S. citizens is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, we ask that you, as the state’s chief legal officer, examine the facts of this case to ensure that the rights of these students were not infringed upon,” said the letter.
— AZ House Republicans (@AZHouseGOP) March 4, 2019
Terry Locke, a spokesperson for the school district in question, said that the leadership is ready for the investigation.
“We welcome the oversight,” said Locke.
According to The Arizona Republic, Brnovich and his staff are currently looking at options and whether they have any jurisdiction over the situation.
“We received the letter,” said Ryan Anderson, a spokesperson for Brnovich. “We’ll look at all of the facts. We just don’t know enough about the situation right now.”
“If they’re going to be told to wear spirit stuff for this day, I think they should have been clear as to what they were supposed to wear and what they weren’t,” said Spicer.
According to Heidi Jones, the mother of one of the children in question, they did not have any issues until lunch when the school claims they were causing a disruption. However, she says it is an issue of free speech and not of disrespect by the students.
“I feel bad for these children. I don’t agree with everything our president does or says, but I respect our country and I’ll support these kids using their freedom of speech,” Jones said.